Audrey K. Oertel, age 71 of Wautoma, died on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at her home with her family by her side. She was born in Medford on March 8, 1946, 1 of 14 children, to Woodrow and Evelyn (Rinehart) Romens. Audrey grew up in the Colby area. After high school, she moved to Milwaukee and met her future husband, James Oertel, while working at St. Regis Paper Company. They were married on June 22, 1968 in Milwaukee and had two daughters: Paula and Terrie. The family then later moved to Wautoma. Audrey worked at Otto’s as a butcher for many years. She also worked for the Federal Government Farm Services Agency and retired in 2009. Audrey enjoyed gardening, growing vegetables and making floral arrangements which both won her numerous blue ribbons at the Waushara County Fair. She enjoyed walks with her dog Cooper, was an avid Packer fan and loved watching the games. Audrey was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
Audrey is survived by her daughter: Terrie (Dave) Gomoll; grandson: Joshua Gomoll; brothers and sisters: Joanne Marean, Shirley (Ken) Koch, Rodney (Debbie) Romens, Reed (Geri) Romens, Norbert (Jeannie) Romens, Dolores Jolitz, David (Joan) Romens; brother-in-law: Dan Bolander; sister-in-law: Carole Romens; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: James Oertel; daughter: Paula Oertel; brothers: Duane Romens, Leon (Karen) Romens; sisters: Ellen (Leroy) Taylor, Janet (Loren) Potter, Darlene Bolander, Beverly (Norbert) Wolski; brothers-in-law: Vince Marean and Jerry Jolitz.
Memorial Mass will be held at 11AM on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Wautoma with entombment in Calvary Cemetery, Wautoma. The family will greet relatives and friends at church on Thursday from 9:30 AM until the time of services at 11AM.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Theda Care, Berlin and Heartland Hospice for the care and compassion given to Mom while she was in their care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Lung Association.
American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123
American Lung Association
55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago IL 60601